41 Canadian Brigade Group

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41 Canadian Brigade Group is an Army Reserve Formation of 3rd Canadian Division and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Most of the present day 41 CBG soldiers serve part-time, while maintaining full-time jobs, studies and families. They are also dedicated, professional soldiers who continue to proudly serve Canada when needed to augment the Regular Force on deployed missions internationally, in NATO and United Nations missions. As well, they serve local Canadian communities in domestic operations like the British Columbia forest fires.

Made up of nine units and a brigade headquarters, 41 CBG has about 1200 Reserve soldiers in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife, NWT. These units represent all the major roles and trades in the Canadian Army.

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Command Team

  • Commander - Colonel Eppo van Weelderen
  • Deputy Comander - Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Vernon
  • Brigade Sergeant Major - Chief Warrant Officer M.B. Talty

History

As Canada expanded into the West, and with the establishment of its new provinces, the need for a military presence and a command structure became apparent. In 1905, Military District No.13 was established with its headquarters in Calgary. This system remained in place until 1947. In December of 1941, because of Japan's entry into the Second World War, it was decided to organize a number of brigades for the defence of Canada. In February 1942, one brigade was organized for each of the eleven Military Districts. In Alberta, it was 41st (Reserve) Brigade Group in Calgary. The wartime reserve brigades were allotted full-time commanders and their staff. Soldiers in these brigades were not eligible for service with the Active Force. This included persons between ages 17 and 19 and over age 35, those with a lower medical category and members of the Canadian Officers Training Corps until graduation. These brigades were stood down in 1945.

After the Second World War, the area command structure changed several times, while in Alberta the Militia was commanded from various militia district structures, until the Alberta Militia District was reformed into 41 Canadian Brigade Group on April 1, 1997. Its headquarters took over the Brigadier-General Stan Waters Building, formerly the 1 PPCLI headquarters building at CFB Calgary, after the departure of the Regular Forces to Edmonton. The units of 41 CBG have proud and varied histories, with many soldiers serving with distinction in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War. Notably, this includes more than six Victoria Crosses won by soldiers in the brigades' units. Our more recent international assignments and missions include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Sierra Leone.

Contact Us

41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
4225 Crowchild Trail
Calgary, Alberta T3E 7H3

Phone: (403) 410-2320
Fax: (403) 410-2321

News

ring the replica of the Bell of the Liberation Monument

Dutch Presentation Honours Local Reserve Unit’s Role in the Liberation of Holland

Members of Edmonton’s Dutch Community gathered at the Dutch Canadian Centre on September 21, 2016 to witness a presentation commemorating the South Alberta Light Horse’s (SALH’s), role in the liberation of Holland in 1944 during the Second World War.
November 24, 2016

Sgt Barnard

EMT and Reservist: Two challenging jobs

 “I had no idea the Reserves was something I wanted,” says Sgt. Barnard.   “For me, it was just a quick challenge that I wanted to overcome to see if I could do it or not. I didn’t anticipate that at the end of it, I would have such a strong bond with everybody I worked .
November 21, 2016

Brigadier-General Hetherington

Brigadier-General Hetherington hits the ground running

Brigadier-General Simon C. Hetherington is eager to hit the ground running in his new role at 3rd Canadian Division.
November 3, 2016

Officer Cadet Maria Cappis

Movie outing inspires one woman to join the Reserves

After fifteen years, Officer Cadet Maria Cappis keeps finding new reasons to love her job with the Army Reserves in Red Deer, Alberta.
November 1, 2016

2016 National Veterans' Week Speakers Program

Current members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are available to give presentations at schools and civic organizations across Canada as part of the 2016 National VW Speakers Program.
September 26, 2016

Ex Cougar Destroyer

Reservists from 3rd Canadian Division begin annual training exercise

Approximately 1000 Canadian Army soldiers from 38, 39, and 41 Canadian Brigade Groups  will conduct training in Dundurn, Saskatchewan, and Wainwright, Alberta as part of Exercise WESTERN DEFENDER 2016  from August 13 to 21, 2016
August 12, 2016

41 CBG IA Coy Area Assessments Training in Grande Prairie

The 41 Canadian Brigade Group Influence Activities Company  was proud to made its first foray into domestic operations between January 8th and 10th 2016 in Grande Prairie, Alberta to gather the data necessary to complete a Civil-Military  Area Assessment of the city and its environs.
August 11, 2016

The town of High River under water

Colonel John Conrad: Doubly-prepared in case of emergency

Ottawa, Ontario  — Colonel John Conrad has discovered there are times when his two areas of expertise fuse into a formidable weapon to battle floods and wildfires in his chosen province of Alberta.
July 20, 2016

2016 Canada Day Salute

Huge Crowds Attend Canada Day Salute in Edmonton

The firing of a 21-Gun salute by 20th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery  at the Legislature grounds has become a large part of Edmonton’s Canada Day celebrations.
July 19, 2016

Canadian Army Reservists prepare for Exercise GOLDEN COYOTE 2016

June 9, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
June 9, 2016

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